Walt Disney World for College Students: Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

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It’s taken me literally eight months or so to get here, but I’ve finally reached a park, although it’s a water park, so don’t get your hopes up too much.

With its “blessing of size”, there was more than enough room to add in more than just theme parks into the Walt Disney World resort. So, in June of 1989, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park opened near what is now Disney Springs.

There are now two water parks on property, including Disney’s Blizzard Beach, which opened in 1995, but that will be discussed at length in my next article.

Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach have two added perks for Disney guests: a way to cool off in the Florida sun, and a cheaper alternative to the theme parks, negating the Water Park and More add-ons to theme park tickets.

I found seven, yeah seven, attractions here, so I’m doing a top seven, yeah seven, list.

DISCLAIMER: I’ve been here once, so my knowledge of the water parks is inferior to the theme parks, but I’m doing this anyway! 

  1. Crush ‘n’ Gusher: Opened in 2005, this is the signature attraction at Typhoon Lagoon. Crush ‘n’ Gusher is a water coaster, where guests travel up and down sudden drops and uphill climbs jet propelled by water. There are three different slides, each over 400 feet long, that guests can travel on: Pineapple Plunger, Coconut Crusher or Banana Blaster. All three offer unique thrills for park goers. It’s definitely the most thrilling attraction at Typhoon Lagoon, and it’s definitely worth any wait for it.

  1. Humunga Kowabunga: Other than Summit Plummet at Blizzard Beach, Humunga Kowabunga has the most intense body slides at the Disney water parks. Guests drop nearly five stories at a 60-degree angle, 214 feet of slide before they plunge into the pool below. The slides are all enclosed and black, so guests have no clue what they are in for until they take the plunge for the first time. It’s a signature attraction at Typhoon Lagoon, so expect lines to be long, but they are well worth the wait.

  1. Gangplank Falls: If you aren’t up for the body slides, you can get your friends together for a thrilling raft ride. Of the three raft rides offered at Typhoon Lagoon, Gangplank Falls is the medium-intensity ride. There are sudden drops and tight turns that everyone in the raft will experience during the ride. This ride is a four-person ride, so make sure that you have four in your party for a great group experience on this 300-foot-long slide.

  1. Castaway Creek: If you need to find a place to relax and cool off in the hot Florida sun, take a trip on Castaway Creek, the lazy river at Typhoon Lagoon. Guests make a complete loop around Typhoon Lagoon on this 2,000-foot-long route, encountering all sorts of fun surprises around every corner, including going through a tunnel carved into Mount Mayday. There are five different landings where guests can enter Castaway Creek to experience relaxation and serenity for themselves.

  1. Mayday Falls: Not one for group raft rides? Mayday Falls is your answer. This single-person raft ride is the most intense of the three Falls raft rides, as guests swerve through Mount Mayday into the pool below. It’s fast, turbulent and a boatload of fun. (pun not intended, apologies to Miss Tilly) Mayday Falls is the highest and longest water slide at Typhoon Lagoon, so the lines will be long. The intensity is worth the wait alone.

  1. Storm Slides: Apart from Humunga Kowabunga, these are the only other body slides at Typhoon Lagoon. Guests can choose from three different slides: Jib Jammer, Stern Burner and Rudder Buster, as they slip and slide down three stories of twists and turns into the water below. No two slides are alike, but all three pack tons of fun into a quick ride time. Lines will be long, but worth it, which is what I’ve been saying for all of these attractions, but I mean them. Disney put a lot of effort into the enjoyment of guests at both water parks, and it shows.

  1. Keelhaul Falls: Of the three Falls raft rides, this is the least intense, but if you or your friend can’t handle the thrills of the latter two, then get in line for Keelhaul Falls. This single-rider tube ride has its own unique twists and turns and even a few surprises along the slide route. While the thrills aren’t as extreme, the scenery, detail and tropical theme more than make up for it.

About the author

Alex Murphy

Alex is a sophomore multi-platform journalism major at the University of Maryland. He has frequented the Disney parks since he was a child. He is also way to obsessed with Wonders of Life. Feel free to contact Alex at [email protected]

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So weird you don’t consider the wave pool to be an attraction? Also no Miss Adventure – too family oriented? Otherwise a good list though thanks. We’ve always rated Gangplank Falls a little lower, it is fun for sure but a quick ride and sometimes the line-ups are way too long.